Lentil Vegan Chili

Welcome to Flavors of Fall where we celebrate all things associated with fall like squash, apples, pecans, sweaters, football; you get the idea!  Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures have gathered 24 bloggers who have over 100 recipes they’re sharing this week in celebration of cool weather and sweatshirts.  We hope you find many must make recipes so get your pinning, tweeting, and sharing fingers ready!

As if last week wasn’t a week full of fall with all those yummy pumpkin recipes, like these delicious caramel pecan pumpkin muffins, this week I am really celebrating the flavors of fall. And, I am starting with a yummy vegan chili recipe that even hardcore meat eaters will love!

I will be posting a new autumn inspired recipe Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday as well, so be sure to check back! You will find links to all the participating bloggers recipes below! Plus a chance to enter to win some fun flavors of fall prizes!

The generous sponsors of this weeks giveaways have provided me with products for some of the recipes I share this week, however, as always opinions and commentary are all my own!

vegan chili

When we decided to switch to a plant based lifestyle, one thing I was going to miss was my mom’s homemade chili. I knew I had to find a way to make a vegan chili without loosing the incredibly delicious flavor of my mom’s recipe.

vegan chili

The problem is that I am not a huge fan of the plant based ground meats. Yet, I wanted to keep the texture close to the original. Choosing lentils to replace the ground beef in her original recipe was a no-brainer.

Full of protein and fibre, and its’ ability to absorb the flavors of the spices made it the perfect choice for this vegan chili recipe!

Vegan Chili

I think my favorite thing about my mom’s chili recipe is that it has a mildly spicy flavor. I am not one for hot spicy flavors.

Another thing about chili, is that it tastes even better the second day or it can be frozen. I often make a double batch for a weekend meal, and freeze half for one of those nights when time is at a premium.

Cold weather comfort food at it’s finest!

Vegan Chili

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Lentil Vegan Chili

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Red Cottage Chronicles
Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time:
Total Time: 20 minutes

A delicious vegan chili recipe any meat eater would love!


  • 6 or 7 small onions, chopped
  • 2 stocks celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 14 ounce cans red kidney beans (not drained)
  • 2 1/2 cups prepared lentils (see notes below)
  • 2 small cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • Vegan cheese shreds (optional)


  1. In a large stock pot over med-high heat, heat oil, add onions and celery until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring often.


1 cup dried lentils yields about 2 1/2 cups cooked. Simply add 4 cups water to a saucepan with the lentils, bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 40 minutes. Drain.

Or you can use prepared canned lentils!

Flavors of Fall Door County Prize Package  

Prize 1 – Door County Coffee and Tea Company

Founded in 1993 in Door County, WI, Door County Coffee and Tea Company is a small family owned business. Roasting a variety of flavors for 26 years, one winner will receive three full pot bags of all of their fall flavors. 21 bags in all! Their mission through the years has been to produce high quality, best-tasting coffee using only Specialty Class 1 Arabica coffee beans. Combine that with superior roasting technology and you get a wonderfully even and perfect roast every time and that means the perfect pot of coffee. A $40 value.  

Flavors of Fall Millican Prize Package

Prize 2 – Millican Pecan Tower of Treats Gift Tins

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is a 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Here’s what we made for Monday:

Cinnamon Glazed Donut French Toast by Daily Dish Recipes
Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake by Family Around the Table
Ginger Pear Muffins by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Waffles by Tip Garden
Spiced Coffee Toffee Bread by Cheese Curd In Paradise

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage and Apples by Simple and Savory
Door County Maple Coffee-Crusted Steak by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fig and Brie Grilled Cheese by The Redhead Baker
Java Beef Flatbread Pizza by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Pecan Crusted Chicken Cutlets with Pears by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Tuna Pot Pie by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Chili by Red Cottage Chronicles

Apple Cheesecake Streusel Bars by Love and Confections
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups by Sweet Beginnings
Caramel Pecan Cookie Sticks by The Freshman Cook
Chocolate Cappuccino Biscotti with Pecans by Blogghetti
Cinnamon Maple Pecan Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Coffee Granita by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Irish Apple Cake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pecan Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie by Crumb Top Baking
Pecan Pie Bars by Books n’ Cooks
Pumpkin Bundts with Brown Butter Glaze and Candied Pecans by Our Good Life
Vegan Coffee Layer Cake by The Baking Fairy

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  1. I’m soooooo going to give this a try Maureen. My daughter has gone vegan and it’s a struggle in a household full of meat lovers to find recipes we’ll all enjoy. Your lentil chilli sounds like the perfect compromise/plan

  2. I’m a meat eater but when it comes to chili, I love lots of beans but family prefer more meat. This looks like a great recipe to try but might have to sneak some meat in for the guys.

  3. Delicious, Maureen!!! I do eat meat but I love a good vegan dish, too. Looking forward to making this chili recipe this winter. <3 The pecan tower looks wonderful, too, even with the contest being over.

    Happy fall to you,
    Barb 🙂